Now that early set pics (I'm still not convinced these designs are locked) for LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean have been released I thought it would be fun to take a look at discuss the new minifigures and elements. The first one up for review is set 4192, Whitecap Bay.
Right off the bat the new mermaid designs are the stand outs here. The tails allow for better play compared to the older versions, and could be used as shown or with the torsos reversed. The brunet hair piece is new, and you might recognize it from a certain album cover contest. If you look very closely you can see the potential for dual sided heads, a beautiful face to lure in prey and then a scarier side for when they pounce.
Captain Jack looks just as good as he did at last year's Comic Con, so no surprises there. The other minifigs appear to be good, solid pirate standards. The gentleman with the darker skin tone may have something to offer in terms of facial and torso prints.
As far as minifig elements go, nothing jumps out at me immediately. The boats appear to have little buckets which seem to be new, but both Scala and Bevelle have had similar pieces. As a reader pointed out to me, those are not satchels but scabbards on select minifigures. Brilliant!
(Pictures via FBTB.net and MTV)